Creative projects - how to stay creative and train your eyes.

posted on 10th of february, 2012

How do you keep your creativity flowing? How do you train your eyes to see photographically? I have creative projects that help me with that. I have a few projects going, most of them are long term projects.
One project is the "Project Green" where I try to find images where green is the dominant color or the subject. What I found helpful in this project is that I look at the things around me, trying to notice things that are green. There are so many things that are green. While plant images seem the most obvious, what would you shoot if the landscape is thickly covered in white? While I shot the image "Connected" during the fall season it certainly helps to illustrate my point as this wall with the electronic box was found in a parking garage nearby. (More images from my Project Green)
Another way to help my creativity is to engage in photgraphic challenges. I am currently working on a year-long challenge where I take an image fitting the theme of the week each week. This process, I find, is often much more about being creative. I challenge myself to not go for the obvious, be careful in finding subjects and interpretations of the theme. I also try to avoid to take snapshots in a hurry, just to fill the theme. I have learned to envision how I want my images to look and then put that into practice. The "Glowing Snowman" is an example from that project, as I had to capture the theme "winter" at a point of time when we did not have winter. I also could have shot that snowman at any point of time during the day, but only with the rich blues from the fading daylight and the glow being the right color, I managed to get this image. Just like I had imagined it. Where can you find challenge themes: there are many websites out there - digital photography school, dpreview, I personally use a Google Plus 52 project (more images from that).

Now while not all my images will be suitable stock images, I learn to play with different techniques, be a better observer of light and composition and clearly think about concepts and ideas more carefully, something that will help me in producing stock images as well.

Comments (13)

Posted by Calyx22 on February 12, 2012
Thanks for sharing this. At times I definitely get into a creative rut. I'm going to go look at some of these challenges and projects and try to boost my creativity. What a great idea! Best wishes to you on continuing your challenges and projects. :)
Posted by Ewapix on February 11, 2012
Thank you for the blog. You must have a lot of self-discipline :-) I wish I had it too. I like your concept images very much. So simple and so evocative.
Posted by Jdanne on February 11, 2012
You have a very nice portefolio!
Posted by Friday123 on February 11, 2012
Nice blog!
Posted by Mellimage on February 11, 2012
Thank you, Trottola, glad you found this useful.
Posted by Trottola on February 11, 2012
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on February 11, 2012
Wonderful advice - helps get the creative juices flowing! K-
Posted by Danielal on February 10, 2012
Very interesting, thank you!
Posted by Mellimage on February 10, 2012
Thanks everyone. :)
Posted by Egomezta on February 10, 2012
Great blog, good luck.
Posted by Ciska76 on February 10, 2012
original portfolio. congratulation!
Posted by Davidwatmough on February 10, 2012
Very interesting and nice portfolio. David.
Posted by TMarchev on February 10, 2012

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